Andrew Cowan

United Kingdom

Member Since: 01/09/2012


Andrew Cowan is a Professor of Creative Writing and co-Director of the Creative Writing program at the University of East Anglia (UEA).  He is a graduate of the MA and was for some years the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the university. He is the author of five novels.  'Pig' was longlisted for the Booker Prize, shortlisted for five other awards, and won a Betty Trask Award, the Authors' Club First Novel Award, the Ruth Hadden Memorial Prize, a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.  'Common Ground' and 'Crustaceans' both received competitive Arts Council bursaries.  'What I Know' was a recipient of an Arts Council Writers' Award and was published in 2005.  His work has been translated into a dozen languages.  His guidebook 'The Art Of Writing Fiction' was published in 2011, and his most recent novel 'Worthless Men' in 2013.  

Website: http://www.andrew-cowan.com


Publications

  • Pig , Penguin (1993)
  • Common Ground , Penguin (1996)
  • Crustaceans , Sceptre (2000)
  • What I Know , Sceptre (2004)
  • The Art Of Writing Fiction , Routledge (2011)
  • Worthless Men , Sceptre (2013)

Awards

  • Betty Trask Award(1993)
  • Ruth Hadden Memorial Prize (1993)
  • Authors’ Club First Novel Award(1995)
  • Scottish Arts Council Book Award (1995)
  • Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award(1995)
  • Arts Council England: Writers’ Award (2004)

Employment

  • Professor of Creative Writing at University of East Anglia (August 2012 - )
  • Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at University of East Anglia (September 2004 - August 2012)

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from University of East Anglia (September 1982)
  • Master of Arts in Creative Writing from University of East Anglia (September 1985)

Genres of Interest

Fiction